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March 2018

Native American Mascots

Earlier this year, the American Major League Baseball team, Cleveland Indians, announced they would be dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019 (Waldstein 2018).  The logo, which features a caricature of a man with deep red skin,… Continue Reading →

Sizing Rebels

  Vanity sizing is an idea that has become the industry norm. It is the idea that the smaller the clothing number without corresponding to actual body sizes leads to higher body positivity. An idea that had the best intentions… Continue Reading →

Poem: The Stretch Mark

My body has marks Some of them are dark Some are around my waist Some are near my face My thighs have lines but they are fine. I’m just me So let me be B E A U T I… Continue Reading →

Poem: Skin Tone

“You’re pretty for a black girl.” Thanks, if you had black skin, you could be beautiful, too. Little brown girl My skin is brown So I never frown Never let anything get me down Always wearing my crown … and… Continue Reading →

The “Asexual Mammy” and the Thin White Male

I conducted a loose Google Image search study for the trope “Asexual Mammy” in 2018, and this was found to be trans-historically true: an emphasis on size, domestication (being in the home), and difference—not only limited to her, but also… Continue Reading →

Poem: Proud of my Skin

Brown, brown is the color of me My brown skin is so bold, chocolate and sweet My brown skin is just a color It doesn’t not make me any more or less better than others   My skin is from… Continue Reading →

Exploring Fat Shaming through Family Guy

Family Guy is a beloved animated TV original that first made its debut in January of 1999, created by Seth McFarlane. The sitcom revolves around the Griffin family which consists of an inconsiderate overweight father, a ditzy son, malicious infant,… Continue Reading →

Fat Activism

  Fat Activism is a type of activism that centers around advocating for people whose body type falls out of the size of the societal norm. Fat Activism is also referred to as the Fat Liberation Movement, Fativism, and more… Continue Reading →

Hidden Numbers: The History of Women’s Clothing Sizes in the U.S.

Table of Contents Intro This history of clothing sizing The history of modern clothing sizing Vanity Sizing Alternative Sizes Chart Other Resources   INTRO: Since the beginning of clothing history all garments were handmade. This was until the Industrial Revolution… Continue Reading →

Fat Shaming: The History and Consequences for us all

Fat shaming affects us all.  Where did the idea of ridiculing others based on weight start? To get to know the history of fat shaming one has to be aware of human’s internal need for hierarchical determinants of power.  In… Continue Reading →

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